Limited Release Batches
Continuing our efforts to give the masses what they ask for, we went in search of a U.S. company that produces fountain pen ink. There are even fewer U.S. fountain pen ink manufacturers then there are U.S. pen manufacturers. Luckily for us, we already had a great relationship with one of those companies, Papier Plume. They turned their ink making prowess to the task and provided us with two custom inks made to our specifications.
The first of two special release fountain pen inks is influenced by the beauty and allure of the Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon. The falls are part of the Havasupai indigenous tribe's land. Havasupai means "people of the blue-green waters", which is an accurate description of the water that flows through this area of the Grand Canyon and especially the falls. Not many people get to see the falls in person, the hike down to the falls can take anywhere from 4 to 7 hours. But the sheer beauty of the falls is something truly breathtaking. We wanted an ink that carried those elements. A teal that could shade from a light blue-green to a dark greenish-blue, like the variations of the waters that flow through the falls. Our Havasupai Falls Teal does just that. In a large nib or stub you'll get a full spectrum of shading, leaving thin lines that are almost mint green to thick areas on curves that pool to a darker petrol-like blue.
The second of the two special release fountain pen inks was inspired by the desert sandstone monoliths of Arizona and Utah especially when the sunset reflects off their reddish-brown surfaces. The red-brown coating on those wind-formed giants is called "desert varnish". Desert varnish is the accumulation of clay shot through with iron and manganese oxide along with organic particles that over time changes in color. From dark yellow to rich brown, the variations can be tremendous, but in the waning light of day the rocks take on a rich red hue as the sunset beams down on them. It's truly a sight that will leave you speechless. Our Desert Varnish Red ink is a lovely shade of red that some shading. It's dark in tight areas but lightens nicely at certain angles and nib sizes. While it doesn't end up brownish-red it still brings to might those long hikes in northern Arizona when the sun kisses the cliffs.